So we’re getting toothy are we……my Shark week entry….
Hasegawa’s 1/32 P-40E, done up as Colonel Robert Scott’s first mount in the CBI theatre. She’s pretty much Out of the box except for etched seat harnesses and elastic brake lines. I had to remove the excess windshield frame on the left side of this early release. Decals are from a Super Scale sheet, depicting one of the first P-40E’s to come to India from the trans-African route, complete with original US Army red center markings. Here it was “appropriated” (with General Chennault’s permission) for Scott’s use before it could be sent along to China. This is apparently the way Colonel Scott flew it, after of course the addition of a proper “Shark face”, on his original “one man Air force” strafing runs. According to story he had the spinner repainted for each sortie, of course convincing the Japanese of the presence of many P-40’s. This I tried to re-create in the little vignette. I love P-40’s and the history of WW2 in this remotest corner of the War has always been of great interest to me.
Model Master paints used. General weathering based on a photo of an African route P-40E in Christopher Shore’s “Bloody Shambles’ volume II. Oh, and I have replaced the ring sight with a proper Photo-etched one since taking the pics. Thanks for looking.
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